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Lawmakers call for increased efforts to reduce CRC mortality

Two US House lawmakers say more must be done to reduce the mortality rate associated with colorectal cancer, including funding research into preventing and treating the disease. Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., and Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., say screening also is important, and they have sponsored the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act, which corrects a glitch in Medicare that charges patients for otherwise free colonoscopy screenings if a polyp is removed during the procedure.

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